Transition Information

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (formerly called P.L. 94-142 or the Education for all Handicapped Children Act of 1975) requires public schools to make available to all eligible children with disabilities a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment appropriate to their individual needs.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II protect elementary, secondary and postsecondary students form discrimination. However, some of the requirements that apply through high school are different from the requirements that apply in college.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Title II requires that State and local governments give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services, and activities (e.g. public education, employment, transportation, recreation, health care, social services, courts, voting, and town meetings).

Legal Rights and Responsibilities

K-12: Entitlement Post-Secondary: Civil Rights

Postsecondary Institutions are NOT Required To

In contrast to the responsibilities of high schools, at the postsecondary level, students with disabilities have a responsibility to

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will have access to information about my education?

Who will have information about my disability?

New Role of Parents

High School College

May a post-secondary school deny my admission because I have a disability?

Do I have to inform a postsecondary school that I have a disability?

What academic adjustments must a postsecondary school provide?

When should I request academic adjustment?

Do I have to prove that I have a disability to obtain an academic adjustment?

Who has to pay for a new evaluation if one is needed?

Once the school has received the necessary documentation from me, what should I expect?

What if the academic adjustment we identified is not working?

May a postsecondary school charge me for providing an academic adjustment?

Steps to take before Transitioning to College

Web Sites for Students Transitioning to College

Some of the information contained here was taken from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, Washington, D.C., 2005.